Difficulty levels in games are mostly clearly signposted. Occasionally though we stumble across a kind of unofficial hard mode that will, though never advertised as an ‘alternative’ hidden difficulty setting, unexpectedly make life several degrees harder. Consider these times we made a game significantly more difficult for ourselves by accident, and subscribe for a video like this every Thursday.
If you decided to play as Nosferatu in Vampire the Masquerade Bloodlines, or Chris Redfield in Resident Evil, or a Level 1 Chicken in Lord of the Rings Online, you will know the shock and dismay of inadvertently signing up for an enhanced challenge.
And if you set your intelligence stat to zero in Fallout? Then good luck to you and your limited conversation options, dummy.
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...How is turning into a chicken accidentally making the game harder?
What person looks at the option to become a chicken and goes, "Clearly this has no drawbacks whatsoever and won't make the game a hellish nightmare!"?
Being a Nosferatu becomes easy once you max out obfuscate; also the feeding on rats makes the sewer part with the big monsters easier. Gangrel is probably the easier one though (I've only played Nos and Tremere)
Yeah being dawnguard is the way to go when playing skyrim. That rune axe is freakin' amazing against the undead seeing as it's bugged and just gets more and more powerful with every undead creature you kill.
Dawnguard, what to choose, in the words of outsidexbox. "An amazing transformations capable of all sorts of stuff, or a crappy crossbow"
Dawnguard, what to choose, in the words of everyone playing the game. "A transformation giving you a pathetic stat boost, removes your armor, enchantments and weapons making it possible for everything in the game above lvl 10 to kill you in 1 shot, or the most powerful ranged weapon in the game while still being able to become a vampire lord anyway and receive the heal undead spell through a glitch". What a choice, what a choice.
Tfw you put in skyrim to appeal massive audiance despite your arguments being completely falsy, lol. Having crossbow since low level is incredibly overpowered, you can have your claws I will have my long range one shot kills ty.
Europa Universalis 4 (please excuse my spelling if its wrong) siding with the pope.
You get pulled in many, many wars, as you swear to protect smaller countries with an alliance system not unlike what caused the world wars.
Probably thousands of people already said this, but you don't have to become a vampire on Skyrim DLC. You can finish Everything just fine as a human. ( I mean, not werewolf or vampire) ok, maybe not everything but most of things. Also, no one expects you to use the crossbow or the armor of the vampire hunters. And the game is only as difficult as you make it to be. If you start dawnguard with mastery conjuration and 2 permanent storm atronachs, it can be pretty easy. You don't need to be this overpowered but it's not a faction specific issue.
in the case of the dawn guard just become a werewolf they seem to have no issues with werewolves or at least they did not when i last played and werewolf will give you some help against strong vampires and vampire lords.
I would have to say over-leveling in Last Remnant. Never played an RPG before that game where leveling made the game super hard (since the enemies scale in a weird way to you). It goes against all you ever learned.
U did not mention so called "adaptive AI" (example SC/SC2/HoS), where if you play against computer, it learns from mistakes it made against you and over time becomes so proficient in fighting you, that what in the beginning looks like easy walk in the park turns out to be a nightmarish difficulty later on.
HoS being a slightly warped case though as computer not only learns from you, but also is blatantly cheating if you prove to be too good for a fair play, regardless of difficulty you actually have chosen (you can get your nose bloody even on easiest of difficulties given you played on it long enough)
There was a time on jak and daxter where you had to shoot all these robots while guarding something I forget the details but the controls were inverted and I thought that's just the way it was. Look on the menu and it turns out somehow my controls had been switched. I spent so long playing with the controls inverted. It must have been weeks.
being dawngaurd was easy hell being a vampire was harder by the fact of needing to use the potions during the day instead of just killing the enemy and being done with it and if you upgraded the crossbow it ignored 75% of armor and you can make the bolts plus enchant the crossbow to ignore the other 25% and have life steel making everything but dragons push overs then there is also the fact that werewolves are just better and the ring of hercine takes 10 min to get if you know the map locations
Also, siding with the Dawnguard is especially hard because not only do you have to traverse the Soul Cairn and defeat the dragon instead of just walking up to the dragon and and learning its shout, but you also have to do the Darkfall Passage and Forgotten Vale without vampire powers which is such a drag. I don't know about anyone else but it took me hours to get through the Vale.
I think evil within 2 should be in this as well (SPOILER ALERT), because if you're going for collectibles you will make yourself get followed by a creepy ass ghost who can pop up at random times go through walls and teleport you to parts from the first game.
Joining the Dawnguard is the harder option? I have several dungeons filled with burned by magic, torn apart by werewolf, shot by arrow or head sliced off by katana vampire corpses that would dissagree with you.